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Meconopsis baileyi 'Hensol Violet'
Lady Catherine Henderson died aged 95 in July 2015. She possessed an indomitable spirit and a great passion for Hensol, a large granite mansion by the Black Water of Dee. A plantswoman of some note, she discovered this cultivar in the grounds.
Keen gardeners will be familiar with the blue poppy but this variety is even more unusual. Bright violet-purple, almost shimmering flowers, with the merest hint of red that make a stunning addition to shady borders and woodland areas. Meconopsis can be difficult, fussy plants. They need nutrient rich, moist soils which are not waterlogged, preferably top dressed with a layer of bark but if you can meet these exacting standards required your neighbours will be green with envy.
For real enthusiasts we'd recommend http://www.meconopsis.org as the font of all knowledge.
Moist, acid, neutral
Partial shade, very sheltered